ONE of the most consistent drivers in the Sydney basin, promising young reinsman Lleyton Green provided a reminder of his talent by landing a treble at Club Menangle yesterday.
At just 19, Green shows patience and poise beyond his years, which has resulted in him become the number one driver for the McDowell stable.
In fact, it was behind the Kerry and Dean McDowell-trained Bertie Jones that Green notched his 150th win.
Humble in his praise of the owners and trainers who have supported him, especially the McDowell family, Green stated he could not have achieved the personal milestone without such great support.
“Making these milestones in such a competitive sport cannot happen unless you have people who believe in your ability like the McDowells do,” Green said.
“I have been working with them for more than four years and have learnt so much from Colin and the team.
“They have afforded me a lot of opportunities for which I am thankful for, and I now drive the majority of their team which has opened up further opportunities.”
Up and coming trotter Maximus Meridius kicked off Green’s winning day when he easily accounted for his opposition in the opening race.
The colt, which can sometimes “have a mind of his own” showed his true form by turning in a faultless display to win a Coutts Legal Trotters’ Foundation Series heat.
By world champion sire Sebastian K, Maximus Meridius was bred by the McDowells from their former good racemare Maximiser, which won 13 races and more than $100,000 in stakes .
“He is cool little trotter with high speed and massive motor,” Green said. “What he did on Tuesday is what he has shown us in the trials and at home.
“He was wayward in his previous starts, but now he has put it all together, hopefully he can scale greater heights.”
Green has five drives in Penrith tomorrow night, all trained by the McDowells and has singled out Zen Master as the best of them in race six.
The colt has been consistent of late, placing at his past five starts, his most recent being in Newcastle when he led only to be beaten in the last stride by Hidden Figure.
- MICHAEL DUMESNY